The cloud seems like a mystical place for those who are not familiar with it. Many business owners are wary of the cloud, picturing their own personal photo storage apps on their phone and worrying about the security of such an application for their business. But cloud computing for business offers a myriad of customizable options that offer unlimited storage potential at an affordable monthly rate with complete security. This starts with the three different kinds of cloud hosting options available – SaaS, PaaS and IaaS.
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Software-as-a-Service, also known as SaaS for short, is a subscription service for cloud computing hosting. A business will subscribe to a cloud application that is accessed over the Internet. Using SaaS provides businesses many benefits over other cloud hosting options. Administration of the cloud is easier since it is a single copy of an application that is accessed over an Internet login rather than a huge infrastructure. Everyone using the SaaS cloud has the same version to access, giving users compatibility and collaboration. The cloud provider of SaaS provides patch management services along with automatic updates.
When it comes to Platform-as-a-Service, or PaaS, businesses can create custom cloud applications that can be used internally by employees in the company. This works by having a cloud provider supply a network with servers and storage to host the application while the business controls all settings and deployment. The benefit of PaaS over other cloud hosting options, such as SaaS, is that businesses can completely customize and develop how their cloud computing looks and operates without spending a ton of time or money building and maintaining the infrastructure.
Infrastructure-as-a-Service, or IaaS, is the cloud hosting option that giants like Amazon, Google and Microsoft have dominated. These big corporations have created IaaS cloud hosting backbones that people or businesses can rent. A good example of this, according to PC Mag, is Netflix which offers streaming services to customers because they use Amazon IaaS cloud hosting services.
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